Mon - Thu: 9:00 to 9:00
Friday: 9:00 to 5:00
Saturday: 10:00 to 5:00
Sunday: 12:00 to 5:00*

*Closed Sundays followed by a holiday Monday

Click here for closure dates

Program & Events Guide - Summer 2017

Check out the Library's new program and events guide for the summer 2017 season. It's jammed packed with fun and educational activities for all ages.

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Click here for a printable PDF version. Copies also available at your local branch.

Story Times

We offer fun story time programs for babies, toddlers, preschoolers and families. Storytelling and songs help your child's language development, and the group setting allows you and your children to socialize with others. Join us and share some special time with your child.

•  See the Summer Story Time schedule at the City Centre branch 

•  See the Summer Story Time schedule at the Poirier branch 

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Stories Galore

From July 4 to August 10, bring your child to a story time and craft session at a local park. 

Tuesdays, 10:00 - 11:00 am
Galloway Park (grass area across playground)
3404 Galloway Ave, Coquitlam
In case of rain, please go to City Centre Branch

Tuesdays, 12:00 - 1:00 pm
​Lions Park ​(grass area beside the picnic shelters)
2300 Lions Way, Port Coquitlam
In case of rain, please go to Terry Fox Library)

Wednesdays, 10:00 - 11:00 am
​Blue Mountain ​(grass area on the side near the park)
975 King Albert Ave, Coquitlam
In case of rain, please go to Poirier Branch

Wednesdays, 12:00 - 1:00 pm
​Town Centre ​(near playground)
1299 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam
In case of rain, please go to City Centre Branch

Thursdays, 10:30 - 11:30 am
​Port Moody Public Library ​(grass area behind library)
100 Newport Dr, Port Moody
In case of rain, please go into Port Moody Library

Summer Reading Club 2017

Take a walk on the wild side this summer with the BC Summer Reading Club. Registration begins June 1. Join us at either branch on Saturday, June 24 for our annual kick-off party. Festivities begin at 10:00 am at the Poirier branch and 2:00 pm at the City Centre branch. More details coming soon.

Summer Learning Club

This summer, visit the Coquitlam Public Library to attend a roster of fun and educational programs. Scheduled events include The Well Worn Trail, Canadian Planetariums, Vancouver Puppet Theatre, Burnaby Summer Theatre, movie screenings, and the Canada 150 Letter Exchange. 

Click here for events dates and times.

Middle Schoolers ONLY Summer Reading Club

middle schoolers readingWrite short book reviews to win prizes all through the summer. For students who have just finished grade 5, 6, 7 or 8.


Starting June 1, register in person at either branch of Coquitlam Public Library. Go to the Help Desk to register and get some book review forms. Earn a prize book with your first review. Additional reviews will be entered for weekly prize draws. The program runs until the beginning of September. 

Questions? Contact librarian Chris Miller at cmiller@coqlibrary.ca or 604-554-7339.

Tiny Stories Contest and Workshop

Write a story in a paragraph for our Tiny Stories Contest! Win prizes!

Contest runs from May 29 - July 14. Click here for details.


End of Summer Carnival

Tuesday, August 29, 1:30 - 3:30 pm
City Centre Branch, Rooms 136 and 137
1169 Pinetree Way

Come for carnival-style games. Win small prizes. Kids and adults of all ages are welcome. Drop in. No registration required.

For more information, call Librarian, Chris Miller at 604-554-7339, or e-mail cmiller@coqlibrary.ca


Robokids teaches: LEGO Robotics

September Session: Monday, September 11 to October 2
October Session: Monday, October 9 to October 30
Time: 4:00 - 5:00 pm
City Centre Branch, Room 136
1169 Pinetree Way

Build LEGO machines with the help of a friendly Robokids instructor. For kids from K to grade 3.

Registration is required. To register your child, call 604-554-7334.

Science Expo 2017

Science Expo atomThe second annual Science Expo hosted by Coquitlam Public Library, in partnership with SD43, the City of Coquitlam, and Douglas College was held on May 11.

This year's event was open to elementary, middle, and secondary schools across the Tri-Cities. Students really impressed with a wide variety of innovative and exciting projects. A huge congratulations to all participants and winners. We'd like to thank everyone who volunteered and participated in this year's event. 


Play & Learn at Coquitlam Centre

Play & Learn at Coquitlam CentreJoin us at Coquitlam Centre mall for Play & Learn story times, songs and crafts! Location: the lower level in front of the Bay Time: the last Wednesday of each month from 5:30 - 7:30 pm


All Aboard for Kindergarten

All Aboard for Kindergarten booksA checklist of 100 picture books for parents and their kindergarten-age children to enjoy. With 10 different categories, including: Funny Stories, My Family and Me, Animal Stories, and School Stories. Some books will be for fun, some will help you start a discussion, and all will help your child learn to love reading!
Click here for your copy and hop on board the reading train!


Learning at the Library

The Coquitlam Public Library offers homework help programs for children. Click on the links for schedules and registration.
  • Reading Buddies
  • This program pairs teens in high school with kids in grades 1 through 4. Sessions run in the fall (October / November), the winter (February / March) and the summer (July / August) at both branches of the Library. It's a great way for kids to practice reading.
  • Homework Help Club
  • Teen tutors provide instructional assistance to kids in elementary or middle school who are struggling with their homework. Sessions run in the fall and spring. Kids must bring homework assignments on any subject to meetings. Teens will provide explanations and/or instructions to the best of their ability.

  • Computer Buddies
  • Teenaged tutors help kids in grades 3, 4 and 5 improve their computer skills. The program uses the Computer Lab at the City Centre Branch..
  • Parlez-Nous Francais
  • Improve your French in the Library's after-school French homework and conversation club! French immersion students in elementary or middle school are invited to practice with French-speaking volunteers from high school. Kids should bring homework assignments, or come prepared to work on their French conversation skills.


    Coquitlam Public Library Visits Daycares and Preschools

    Storytime1We will visit your daycare or preschool facility and provide a half hour, literacy-based story time using age-appropriate materials. We can tailor our story time to the theme of your choice.

    Unfortunately, we are not able to visit facilities based in private homes.


    Every Child Ready to Read at Your Library

    Family ReadingEarly literacy workshops for parents and caregivers of newborns to six-year-olds.


    TumblerTry Tumblebooks for kids. Includes read-alongs, eBooks, videos, puzzles, games and nonfiction books for preschoolers.

    To access from home, click the link above. Beside 'Tumblebooks' click 'Login required' to log in with your library barcode (no spaces) and password (usually the last 4 digits of your phone number) then click the 'Tumblebooks' link.

    biblioEnfants_4Essayez BiblioEnfants pour les enfants d'âge préscolaire.
    Ici vous trouverez des livres numériques, des vidéos, des casse-têtes, et des jeux.

    Tri-Cities Community Resource Map

    community services familyThe Tri-Cities community resource map for families is now available in English, Chinese, Farsi and Korean.

    Produced by the Early Childhood Development Committee and the Tri-Cities Literacy Committee, this map lists community centres in Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam, Port Moody, Anmore and Belcarra. Organizations include libraries, health services, family drop-in programs, food banks, and ELSA providers.

    The map also lists phone numbers for many community services including parent support, English language practice and literacy help, as well as local parks and recreation centres.


    Library Locations
    Poirier Branch
    575 Poirier Street
    Coquitlam, BC
    V3J 6A9

    City Centre Branch
    1169 Pinetree Way
    Coquitlam, BC
    V3B 0Y1
    604-554-READ (7323)